- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Columbia is putting a temporary halt to new permits for some multifamily housing projects in the college town.

The Columbia Missourian (https://bit.ly/1VZUhsI ) reports that the city council voted 5-2 on Monday night to approve the freeze, which lasts through Dec. 1. The ordinance applies to an area near the University of Missouri campus.

The proposal cites “unprecedented growth in the construction of off-campus student housing complexes” and the university’s significant enrollment decline for fall 2016 as reasons for the freeze. Administrators announced last week that enrollment is expected to be down by 2,600 students, a significant jump from earlier estimates. The drops follow protests that roiled the campus.

In opposing the ordinance, Councilwoman Laura Nauser said it would push students to residential neighborhoods in the city’s periphery.

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Information from: Columbia Missourian, https://www.columbiamissourian.com

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